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21 January, 2004


Here's the latest entry at Very Important Things -- which is one blog that I visit every day. Each day, an old piece of clip art, annotated with a clever or amusing comment.

Posted on 21 January, 2004

Cool Uke

OK, I realize that nobody who reads this blog has any interest in ukuleles. But this hand-painted Fluke uke is very nice.

It was painted by Hubba, a Seattle tattoo artist.

(via Ukulelia)

Posted on 21 January, 2004

Top Indie CDs

These are all links to lists at CD Baby:

(Shamelessly lifted from Fat Chuck's)

Posted on 21 January, 2004

Be Glad Your Name Isn't John Doe

From InfoWorld: RIAA sues 532 'John Doe' file swappers.

The RIAA, an industry trade group representing copyright owners, filed a new round of copyright infringement lawsuits Wednesday against 532 computer users who are allegedly illegally sharing copyrighted material using peer to peer (P-to-P) networks, Sherman said in a telephone press conference to discuss the move.

In contrast to previous rounds of lawsuits, the RIAA filed "John Doe" lawsuits that identify alleged file swappers only by the IP (Internet Protocol) address of the computer sharing the file. The RIAA will file a motion to require ISPs (Internet service providers) that own the addresses to provide the identity of the customers behind the addresses, Sherman said.

You just gotta love that business model.

Posted on 21 January, 2004

How Much Is A Soldier Worth?

The value of a soldier has doubled. It used to be $6,000. Now it's $12,000. See Death Gratuity Increases. I'm thinking a lot of spreadsheets will need to be updated.

(via Electric Venom)

Posted on 21 January, 2004

Miniature Sports Stadiums

I suppose some people actually collect stuff like this: Miniature Sports Stadiums from the Sport Collectors Guild.

$80 will get you Wrigley Field.

Posted on 21 January, 2004

Donate Money 2 Me

Earlier today, Sargasso posted a link to a site called Donate Money 2 Me in one of the comments for the More Cyberbegging item. It's a business that sets up cyberbegging sites for others.

There's a one-time setup charge of $34.95, and then a monthly fee of $9.95. For someone who is desperate enough to resort to cyberbegging, this seems like a fair amount of money to part with. But...

Your donations should more than pay for this.

There's also a list of the member donation pages -- about 250 of 'em. Reading through them, some of these hard-luck stories are very sad. But the main problem is that it's impossible to distinguish the truly needy people from those who are simply looking for some free money.

And some are just downright funny. For example, here's one titled I need $3,166.50 to send them back where they come from. An excerpt:

I was foolish and developed a romantic relationship on the Web with a 40 year old woman who has a 16 year old daughter, they are from Odessa Ukraine. She is very beautiful, and very convincing, I found out later, "after I brought her here to the United States and married her" she is as evil and cunning as she is beautiful. I have ended up filling bankruptcy over the money I spent on her.

Thank heaven her Immigration status has not been adjusted yet. If I can get enough money together to send her and her daughter back to Odessa before the paper work clears from the Immigration service I will have gotten rid of them and prevented a cunning conniving, evil woman from exploiting me further, along with the Immigration laws, the good people of the USA and my country in general.

Posted on 21 January, 2004

Happy Birthday, Boing-Boing

Today Boing-Boing is celebrating its fourth anniversary. Congratulations, Cory. Eight million page views is very impressive. I think at least 1,000 of them were from me.

Boing-Boing was one of my main inspirations to start this blog. It's a great blog, but I must say that it sure is ugly. Maybe it's time for a site redesign.

Posted on 21 January, 2004

Art Crimes

Art Crimes is a site devoted to graffiti. The image shown here is somewhere in San Diego.

(via Jeroen's Semi Blog)

Posted on 21 January, 2004

WYSIWYG Blog Entries

I've been reading a lot about a new application called BlogJet (currently in beta). This program lets bloggers compose their entries on a nice WYSIWYG screen, and then post them to their blog. Oddly, WYSISYG blog editing is very rare. Thus, the interest in this app.

I tried BlogJet, but I couldn't get it to work with pMachine. So I spent a few hours creating something using FrontPage. And it works so well that I even impressed myself.

I can now compose my blog entries in a perfect WYSIWYG mode. What I see is exactly how it will look when it's posted. I can even select the category from a drop-down list, and specify a date and time if I want to "post to the future." Adding images is a drag-and-drop operation, and (with the assistance of a few simple VBA procedures) I've now got one-click blog publishing. I don't think BlogJet will be able to do all of this as easily as I can.

Sometimes I even impress myself.

Posted on 21 January, 2004

It Was 40 Years Ago Today...

What a great idea: My Beatles Blog. It's like stepping back in time 40 years. The author is 15-year-old Lisa.

Today's entry is from 21 January, 1964:

I got tickets to see the Beatles on Ed Sullivan!!!
I can't believe it! I got two tickets to see the Beatles on February 9 at CBS Studio 50. The tickets arrived in the mail today while I was at school. I called Debbie right away and she also got two tickets! We're gonna ask Brenda and Judy to go with us. I'm so glad that Debbie's mom told us to write for tickets. I would not of even thought to do that. What's really neat is that the tickets are free! I would have given a year's allowance for a ticket!!!

(Thanks Jeff Feld)

Posted on 21 January, 2004

Dream Dollars

This is very nicely done: Antarctica Dream-Dollars. I'm sure many people will think it's real.

Discover the mystery of Nadiria, the Lost Colony of Antarctica. Nadiria flourished as a utopian colony deep inside the Antarctican ice shelf for over thirty years until its mysterious disappearance in 1899. Here are the beautiful reproductions of its unusual currency, Dream-Dollars, studied by scholars and dream researchers for almost a century. Long unavailable, these exotic notes will amaze, astound, and fascinate all those interested in the strange and the beautiful.

Shown here is the rare $91 note.

(Thanks Stephen Barnwell)

Posted on 21 January, 2004

Alexa's Top-100 Sites

Here's Alexa's list of the Top 100 English Language Web Sites.

Alexa computes traffic rankings by analyzing the Web usage of millions of Alexa Toolbar users. The information is sorted, sifted, anonymized, counted, and computed, until, finally, we get the traffic rankings shown in the Alexa service. The process is relatively complex, but if you have a need to know, please read on.

In the top 20, you'll find such notorious scum sites such as Offer Optimizer, Gator, Overture Services (formerly GoTo.com), Premium-offers, and SearchScout. If sites like this are in the top-20, there must be a lot of stupid Web surfers out there.

Posted on 21 January, 2004

Mel's Work

Take a look at Mel's Work. He does tattoos and piercing. And it looks like he's pretty good at fixing other people's mistakes.

Posted on 21 January, 2004

My Coke Music

To the morons who designed the My Coke Music site: Everyone doesn't use Internet Explorer. Here's what happens with Mozilla.

  1. I go to the site.
  2. I see a useless "click here to enter the site" link.
  3. I click it and I get a new window with an obnoxious Flash intro.
  4. I click on the "skip intro" link,  and I'm back to the "click here to enter the site" window. And even if I put up with the Flash intro, I still end up back at the "click here to enter the site" window.

Yes sir... it's really "packed full of exclusive, pre-release, new & old tracks to download" -- but only if you use Internet Explorer

No great loss. I don't use cocaine anyway.

Posted on 21 January, 2004

Seth Lubove On Junk Faxes

I was reading Slashdot, and saw a story about this Forbes article by Seth Lubove: Fax and Friction. This guy seems to be a supporter of fax.com, the king of illegal junk faxes. Actually, his beef is against the "ambulance chasers" who attempt to sue fax.com.

But while junk fax bashers champion themselves as defenders of the little guy, or at least his fax machine, the faxers themselves accuse them of running legal shakedown schemes. In an interview with Forbes last year, Fax.com's Katz called the practice "blackmail and extortion," among other choice words.

It seems pretty clear to me. Sending junk faxes is illegal, and recipients of junk faxes have the right to sue the scumbags. Fax.com continues to break the law, so they should be sued. End of story.

Posted on 21 January, 2004

Becoming A Horse

I didn't realize it, but there are many methods of becoming a horse.

Listed below are a number of methods - some purely theoretical - by which someone might become a horse, or create a convincing illusion of it.

PLEASE NOTE: I make no effort to evaluate the moral implications of any of the techniques - the fact that they are listed here does not mean I necessarily approve of them. If the technique involves harm to a living horse, I definitely DON'T.

One such method is spontaneous quantum tunnelling. But don't count on it.

(via Attu Sees All)

Posted on 21 January, 2004

Fix Michael Jackson's Face

Pretend that your a cosmetic surgeon, and fix Michael Jackson's face. My effort, below, is an improvement.

Posted on 21 January, 2004

Pruno Recipe

How to make pruno. What's pruno, you might ask?

Pruno, a prison wine created from fruit, sugar and ketchup, is such a vile and despicable beast in the California state penal system that prisoners can't eat fresh fruit at lunch.

If anybody makes this, please let me know how it comes out.

Posted on 21 January, 2004

Virtual Fitting Room

Some people will enjoy this: The Levi's Fitting Room. Pick out some clothes and put them on a rotating model.

Posted on 21 January, 2004

Modern Cars That Never Made It

From Jet Set Modern: Modern Cars: Concept and Prototype Cars.

This page includes information and photos of prototype modern cars which were designed but never produced, or produced only in limited numbers.

Shown here is a vehicle called Predictor, shown at the 1956 Chicago Auto Show. Nice fins!


(via Everlasting Blort)

Posted on 21 January, 2004

More Cyberbegging

Here's another one of those online begging sites: Can you spare a dollar?

Please help. My husband is in kidney failure & for the past 2 years we have struggled to make ends meet.

Apparently, the begging hasn't been too successful.

Total Needed: $55,720
Total Received: $6.00

Posted on 21 January, 2004